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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:surf n' turf on: March 31, 2004 07:48:21 AM
No, I don't think so.  Just be careful not to make your seam too tight or you'll have a woogy spot.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Spanky Pants Pattern on: March 25, 2004 08:37:09 AM
They're too LONG???   Shocked
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:weener dog clothes on: March 24, 2004 11:34:44 AM
Well, Josie, Stitch & Bitch has a darling sweater called "Howl" for a doggie, and a matching one for the owner you could make for your sister.

I make dog sweaters that are very easy if you can manage double point needles.  They are ribbed so they are stretchy and fit all sorts of dogs.  You have to make them somewhat bigger or smaller depending on the dog, but they are pretty flexible.  

Size 7, 8, or 9 double points (5) (whatever you have, there's no real gauge)
Worsted weight yarn

CO stitches in a number divisible by 4.  For a very small dog/stuffed dog, use 60, a small dog, use 80, medium dog, use 100.  Divide stitches evenly among 4 needles.  (even if you have not used double points before this is a good project for learning as long as you are comfortable with knit and purl)

Work in k2 p2 ribbing for about 6/8/10 inches (maybe 12 for a weiner).  (For a male dog err on the short side)

Now you need leg holes.  Work in k2 p2 ribbing on one needle only (meaning you will work back and forth just like on straights for about 3-4 inches.  Leave a few feet of yarn for a tail and cut yarn.  Reattach by one of the 2 end needles of your remaining 3 needles and knit back and forth in k2 p2 ribbing across those three.  (See, you are leaving 2 long spaces open along your chest piece).  Keep going until the length of the 3-needle part (the dog's back) is the same as the chest piece (the piece you already did on 1 needle).  

Now work all around joining your two pieces together (just work in the round and they will connect solidly after a few rows)  When you get to the yarn tail you left from the chest piece, just tie it to the other yarn and weave in the end.  Work even in k2 p2 ribbing for about 8 more inches.  Bind off loosely in ribbing.  

This will look like a long tube with 2 holes in it.  Put it on the dog (the part you knit first goes to the back of the dog, although technically it is reversible) and fold down the neck to make a turtleneck.

This is the pattern I use (I made it up) when I am making a sweater for a dog I don't know very well because it is very flexible.  The size is stretchy--if it's snug the ribbing will relax, and if it's loose the ribbing will squinch in and still fit nicely.  The turtleneck can be folded down a lot or a little depending on the length of the dog's neck.  The leg holes are not too tight so they won't bind the dog's legs and annoy it unnecessarily.

If you have any questions or this is not understandable let me know and I can help you out.  This is a pretty easy pattern that can be done within the span of a good movie.  Maybe you could make gender appropriate colors for the doggies?

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Stupid question - what exactly does "turn" mean in knitting? on: March 24, 2004 08:09:11 AM
Consider me your experienced knitter electronically by your side  Grin I'm more helpful here because if I were in the mountains I'd be fainting.  Hard to knit when passed out.

Anyhoo, it means just what it says.  Knit those 30, then stop right there, turn around as if you had finished the row, and then bind off as stated.  It seems counterintuitive but it is correct.  

It sounds like you are making a V-neck top.  What you're doing is shaping one side of the V first, then doing the other side separately.   Hope the rest of your project turns out for you!  Post pics when you're done and always feel free to ask questions.

You might also (if you haven't already) go over to www.knittersreview.com and you will find experienced knitters around the clock willing to help.

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Help on Interweave Knits pattern on: March 24, 2004 08:02:06 AM
Have you checked the website for an errata?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:circular needle *length* ? on: March 24, 2004 08:01:01 AM
Yes, typically it does not matter if the needles are a bit shorter than called for.  If you are knitting something circularly they should not be LONGER than called for or your stitches won't meet.  The difference between 29 and 31.5 might even be a measurement difference between two different companies rather than a whole size difference.  
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Movie Knits on: March 24, 2004 07:50:36 AM
Yeah, I can be embarrassing when I notice people knitting.  I have been known to shout "She's knitting!" when I see people on screen knitting.  I also will totally miss the point of the movie and be sitting there muttering "Mmm, that's a really nice Shoofly quilt...I should make a Shoofly quilt.  Oh wait, hon, what just went on?  Can you rewind?"

It's a sickness!  But a good one.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Stupid question - what exactly does "turn" mean in knitting? on: March 23, 2004 08:42:50 AM
I need some more information to help you.  Can you write out that entire section of the pattern as it's written?

It sort of sounds like short row shaping to me.  That is where you knit a handful of stitches but not the whole row, then turn and knit back.  This ends up making a cool wedge shape.  One of the old issues of Knitty has a caplet-poncho deal that uses short row shaping.

What poncho pattern are you making?
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:weener dog clothes on: March 23, 2004 08:25:45 AM
Well, I've gotta admit I had the same thought as IO.  We always just tied a regular bandana on our dogs, so if you just made a big square in a different print...maybe bones or something.  Or you could always just make it smaller and sew on some Velcro.  I don't know that there is any particular pattern, though!

There are lots of cool knitting patterns for dog sweaters.  Do you knit?
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Warm Weather Suggestions? on: March 19, 2004 08:46:05 AM
Adriafil yarns has some new freebie summer patterns up.  They are pretty hot!  (as in sexy)

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